Missouri Membership Dues - Payable by March 15!

Late fee applies after April 15!

All Membership Dues = $50 (Farm and Associate).

Junior only members (no adult membership with them) are encouraged to pay an additional $30.00 Pulsator Subscription fee.

Additional members per farm prefix are still $25.00


1. Membership dues per Farm/Prefix (includes Pulsator Subscription) = $50
2. Pulsator Magazine Subscription (for associate members or jr only
       members or additional magazines) = $30
3. Additional Members / Prefix = $25 each
4. Associate Members = $50
5. Junior Members = $5 each
6. Mid-States Holstein News (additional) = $5
7. PayPal convenience fee = $4

Click on Membership Card below to print pdf


Three options to pay your Membership:
1. Download, Print & Mail Form - click here
2. Pay through PayPal. Must add $4 per transaction service fee.
Please request PayPal invoice.
Email jwright@missoiuriholstein.com for an invoice
3. OR Submit free through Venmo @Missouri-Holstein.

Please send completed forms and a check payable
to Missouri Holstein Association to:

Missouri Holstein Association
Jodi Wright, Secretary/Treasurer
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

For questions or more information, email  jwright@missouriholstein.com



If you need a Missouri state member's phone, email
or address click on the link below.

2023 Missouri Membership List - By District



Conjunction with Missouri Dairy Cow Camp
May 22-24, 2024 - Freistatt, MO


• Cow Camp will be held May 22-24, Freistatt, MO.
• Missouri Holstein Association is sponsoring a tag-sale of the heifers that are used during the cow camp to be available to both youth and adults. Animals will be transferred by the June 1st youth deadline.
• Consignors:
- Accepting all breeds of show age heifers. Generally March 2024, December 2023 and September 2023 age calves.
- Commission is 10% and sponsored by Missouri Holstein Association.
- Consignor responsible for transportation of consignment to Freistatt and return home if not sold. Animal must be green broke upon arrival. Consignment will be clipped and worked with during the 3-day Cow Camp by attendees.
- $100 non-refundable consignment fee due upon commitment. If animal is sold the consignment fee is credited towards sale commission. Consignor sets starting tag price.
• In addition to the normal 3 day cow camp, the committee is scheduling an All-Breeds Youth Heifer show that will be on Saturday, May 25. Youth interested in participating in the show only will be able to bring their livestock at the completion of Dairy Cow Camp on May 24.
• Tag sale will run the length of cow camp and conclude Friday evening, May 24.
• All heifers purchased during the sale will automatically be entered into the All-Breeds youth show.
• Semen and fun auction will also be held in conjunction with event.
• Advertising will be in the Pulsator Magazine - March issue. Additional sale advertising through Facebook page: MissouriHeiferTagSale, email and Dairy Agenda Today.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to purchase high quality cattle for the 2024 Show Season!

Consignments NOW being accepted.
If you are interested in consigning a show age calf please contact one of the sale members below.
Larry Wright 417-300-4835
Ryan Bilyeu 417-838-1093

If you would like to receive a catalog by mail simply email me at
MO State Sale Catalog or phone/text name and address to 417-840-3203.

May 25, 2024, Freistatt, MO;
Judge: Lucas Clanton, Illinois

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FOURTH YEAR: The Missouri Cow Camp committee is again hosting an All-Breeds Youth Heifer Show on Saturday, May 25 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Freistatt, MO.

*In-state and out-of-state residents exhibitors welcome
*Heifer show only
*Entry Deadline May 15
*Jackpot show with prize money
*All breeds will show together in class
*Any heifer purchased in the heifer sale on Friday, May 24
          will automatically be entered in show

See schedule below, complete list of rules and entry forms. For more information contact Karla Deaver, 417-466-3102 deaverk@missouri.edu.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 24
2:30 pm Cattle May Arrive at Grounds
7:00 pm Tri-Tip meal and Ice Cream - Tickets on Entry form: $12 / person and $8 - 8 & under. Or purchase that evening.
8:00 pm Missouri Holstein Semen/Fun Auction
8:30 pm MO Holstein Tag Sale Closes.

Saturday, May 25
7:00 am All cattle must be in place
10:00 am Heifer show begins with Spring Calves, Showmanship, Awards

Click below to print Rules and Entry Information.

Show Information, Rules, Schedule and Heath Requirements
Heifer Show Entry Form

Cow Camp Information and Registration Form located on the Junior Page


Missouri Holstein Association Annual Meeting

MO Dairy hosted the state dairy meetings at the Oasis Hotel in Springfield, MO. All dairy groups were invited to participate.

MO Dairy hosted a seminar featuring "Illuminate the Possibilities" on Friday along with their annual business meeting. Friday night also was a social event with all breeds presenting awards and across the breeds recognition along with a fun time of cornhole. There were three divisions in the tournament: adult, family and youth.

The Holstein Juniors were involved in a Princess and Miss competition along with a speech runoff and their annual meeting. The Holstein Association and other breeds hosted their annual meetings. The Judging team also raised money for their trip to Europe through silent auction items, raffle quilt, and cornhole entry money. See highlights below.

Returning to Springfield and a format that is closer to what we have traditionally had over the years provided for a larger crowd. There were several meetings going on during the two days and it was enjoyable to see those who were able to attend to talk and discuss items of business in our industry.
Highlights of the Missouri Holstein Convention are as follows. Or you can click on the link below to read the convention book and complete meeting minutes.

  • MO 4-H State Judging team spoke about their success in 2023 and their fundraising efforts to judge in Europe. They were seeking and raising funds at convention.
  • Reagan Bluel stated that they have reserved the dates for next year. January 24-25, 2025. They are going to still invite breed associations to participate. MO Dairy summer social at Milk Source, LaBelle, MO, June 12th. MO Dairy is renewing a dairy study done 10 years ago. They are hiring FAPRI at MU. Tony (lobbyist) is going to use the report at Jefferson City.
  • NW MO State: Spoke about the renewed focus on the dairy and the future micro creamery they plan on building.
  • MU Extension: Reagan Bluel reported The MU Dairy sold the Holstein tract for 4.3 million (east of the dairy). With the funds they are building 2 new heifer barns, new commodity barn, updating free stalls, paid dairy debt, funding part of an endowed chair for ruminant nutrition. They are hiring for assistant herdsman position. Plan to increase to 300 head.
  • Dairy Hall of Honors: 2023 honors were presented the end of January
  • Sale: Larry Wright stated that the 2023 All-Breeds Heifer Tag Sale held in conjunction with cow camp was a success. They plan to continue the same format for 2024. Some details regarding sale: - Sale Date: Friday, May 24th
    - Sale meal on Friday evening: Purchase tickets at event $12 adult, $8 youth
    - Tag-type sale
    - Open to consignments from other breeds. Sale sponsored by MHA and retains all commission
    - $100 lotting fee allows consignors to set tag price
    - Open to adults purchasing as well.
    - Animals that do not sell return to consignor broke to lead and clipped.
    - 10% commission.
    - Donated items and semen to be sold before sale

  • Cow Camp: Dates are set for May 22-24, 2024 in Freistatt, MO. Sale to take place Friday evening. All-Breeds Heifer Show will be Saturday, May 25 also in Freistatt.
  • State Fair: New fair director. Excited about making some changes to the dairy show.
  • Juniors: Toecky Farm, the Durst family, has graciously donated a calf to be raffled off by the juniors at state fair.
  • Field Day: Have had a couple of suggestions, but nothing firm for 2024. If you are interested please contact Jodi.
  • Pulsator Expansion: Looking for someone to procure advertisements and some editoral content creation on a commission basis.
  • New Officers: At Large Board Member: Ted Probert
  • Junior Advisors: A new junior advisor was hired. Bailey Keltner, of Willow Springs, will be working with the youth. See her contact information on junior page.
Junior convention results listed on the Junior Page.

Awards for Juniors and Adults

All-Missouri Awards

3-Year Old Futurity Awards
Select Sires sponsors the top 3 places in the 3-Year Old Futurity. Select Representative awards Becky Durst with a semen certificate and College of the Ozarks and Jessi McLean with a chair

Click here for a complete list of the All-Missouri Awards presented

Adult Division Winners
L to R: 3rd: Jay and Brenda Moreland; 2nd Molly Archer and Savanah Rice;
1st: Trent Miller & Austin Porter (3 Time Champions!)

Youth Division Winners
L to R: 3rd: Molly and David Melzer; 2nd: Dalison and Brady Hostetler;
1st: Faith Ling and Lexi Angelo

Family Division Winners
3rd: Mary and Hunter Angelo; 2nd: Nelson & Cameron Hostetler
1st: Case Melzer & Adeline Dickerson

We couldn't have the success we do without our gracious sponsors. Please thank them!

Click here to view Complete Minutes of 2024 Membership Meeting

Click here to view 2023 Resolutions

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2024 State Convention


Issues Dairy Producers need to
Know about and can participate in!

1. Advocacy Alert: Support for Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act Continues to Grow: Take action Now

Bill allows whole milk to be served in schools nationwide

Dear Dairy Community,
Momentum behind the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act continues to build. Today, IDFA is pleased to release brand new polling showing near unanimous support among parents for the bill. Browse the results below, and join IDFA in advocating for this important legislation to reinstate whole and 2% milk back in school meals!

IDFA teamed with reputable polling firm Morning Consult to better understand parents’ support for including whole and 2% milk in school meals. Here’s what we found:

• 94% of parents serve whole or 2% to their school-aged children at home, and they want these options to be made available to their children at school
• 89% of parents agree that whole milk and 2% milk should be options for children in public schools
• Most parents of public-school students believe whole (58%) and/or 2% milk (66%) is currently served in their children’s school cafeterias, although it was banned more than a decade ago
• 89% of parents support Congress passing legislation to make these options available
• Nine in ten (90%) view drinking milk as an important component of children’s daily nutritional intake
• Parents consider whole and 2% milks to be healthy (86%), wholesome (83%), nutritious (83%) and tasty (80%)

Parents are now joining the physicians, dieticians, farmers, and federal legislators pushing hard to pass the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023. Will you join them?

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in December by a wide margin of 330-99, while the U.S. Senate companion bill has been cosponsored by 14 bipartisan U.S. Senators. Your federal elected officials need to hear from you! Visit the IDFA Campaign Center to send your U.S. Senators an email explaining the importance of the bill and urging them to cosponsor this legislation. Dairy advocates have already sent more than 1,200 emails to their members of Congress. Help us break 2,000 emails this month!

Click image below to watch video and to send email support

For more information on the bill, the federal policy, or the science supporting whole and 2% milk in the healthy diets of children, visit www.wholemilkforkids.com. If you have additional questions, please contact Rob Rosado at rrosado@idfa.org or Michelle Albee Matto, MPH, RDN at mmatto@idfa.org.

Thank you for your support on this issue.

2. Letter from American Farm Bureau to US Sec of Ag.

RE: Request for Emergency Return to “Higher-of” Class I Mover
Dear Secretary Vilsack and Ms. Coale,

On behalf of Farm Bureau members across the country, I would like to express our appreciation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s continuing efforts to help provide price stability and transparency to dairy farmers. We all understand the challenges that face U.S. dairy farm families year in and year out and their critical role in the well-being of our nation. While Farm Bureau appreciates the value of the full hearing process for amending Federal Milk Marketing Orders, ongoing milk price spreads have driven persistently negative impacts on dairy farmers from the current “average of” Class I mover formula. Therefore, the American Farm Bureau Federation requests emergency implementation of the previous “higher-of” Class I mover formula to buffer dairy farmers from further losses during this comprehensive and extensive regulatory amendment process.

The 2018 farm bill included a provision that swapped the higher-of the advanced Class III or IV skim milk price formula for the simple average-of advanced Class III and IV skim milk formulas plus 74 cents intended to produce a roughly equal long-term Class I milk price. This statutory change was made at the request of dairy processors and dairy cooperatives and was intended as a revenue-neutral way to improve risk management opportunities for beverage milk. It was not based on a hearing record of demonstrated need.

Disruptive market conditions during the recent pandemic exposed and exacerbated a temporary but serious shortage of block cheddar cheese production, very high Class III values, and a huge imbalance between Class III and Class IV prices, leading to over $700 million in Class I revenue losses to producers in the 11 federal order pools in 2020 alone. This, along with the delay associated with advanced pricing, resulted in manufacturing milk prices higher than the market blends, leading to massive de-pooling of producer milk by manufacturing plants to capture those higher market prices. These large negative producer price differentials created significant disparities among the milk checks of different groups of farmers. These losses in pool value have continued through 2023, as Class IV prices have become the driver of the dairy market and the gap between Class III and Class IV prices has flipped, but remained large, with no end in sight. As of December 2023, cumulative pool losses have surpassed $1 billion since the formula went into effect in May 2019, including pool losses of $50 million in November 2023 and $38 million in December of 2023. Dairy farmers with pooled milk face ongoing threats of decreased milk checks linked to the current Class I mover formula.

...Click here to read remainder of letter.

3. Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage Beginning Feb. 28

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2024– Starting next Wednesday, dairy producers will be able to enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC), an important safety net program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides producers with price support to help offset milk and feed price differences. This year’s DMC signup begins Feb. 28, 2024, and ends April 29, 2024. For those who sign up for 2024 DMC coverage, payments may begin as soon as March 4, 2024, for any payments that triggered in January 2024.

...Click here for more information.

4. Gov. Parson issues Missouri executive order over foreign-owned farmland

Jan. 2024, ST. LOUIS – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has issued an executive order pertaining to foreign-owned farmland in the state. The order bans individuals and businesses from nations designated as “foreign adversaries” from purchasing agricultural land within a 10-mile radius of critical military facilities in Missouri. “With heightened concerns regarding ownership of Missouri farm land by foreign adversaries, especially China, we are signing this order to safeguard our military and intelligence assets, prevent security threats to our state, and give Missourians greater peace of mind,” said Gov. Parson during a news conference Tuesday. “When it comes to China and other foreign adversaries, we must take commonsense precautions that protect Missourians and our security resources.”

Parson says the nations that Missouri currently classifies as foreign adversaries include China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. The order bans them from owning or acquiring Missouri agriculture land within 10 miles of critical military facilities.

The new executive order also requires disclosing certain information to the Missouri Department of Agriculture prior to any foreign entity acquiring Missouri agricultural land.

“I applaud Governor Parson for taking this critical step forward to protect Missourians, our military assets, and critical infrastructure against China and other foreign adversaries, all while respecting our strong relationships with international allies and economic partners,” said Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe. “China is our nation’s most hostile foreign adversary, and Missouri cannot allow individuals and companies associated with the Chinese Communist Party to buy and exploit Missouri land.”

Last year, state lawmakers failed to pass a bill to ban all foreign ownership of Missouri farmland. They passed a law in 2013 limiting foreign ownership to just 1%. That’s less than half a percent of the 27 million acres in Missouri. Chinese companies own the most, followed by Canada.

Parson says the new order does not impact Missouri’s economic partnerships with foreign allies like Israel, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan. The state says foreign investment in Missouri has totaled nearly $19 billion and directly supported close to 150,000 Missouri jobs over the last five years.

Crystal Quade, Missouri House Minority Leader and a Democratic candidate for governor in the November 2024 election, released this statement on the order:

“Governor Parson’s executive order is a start, but continues to ignore the problems created after he, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, and fellow Republicans passed laws in 2013 allowing foreign entities to purchase Missouri’s farmland.

“This legislative session, I again filed HB 2138, which will block any additional purchase of our farmlands by foreign entities. It’s past time we take action to ensure our food supply will remain secure and locally owned and operated, not at the will of foreign entities. For years, myself and fellow Democrats have filed legislation to fix the problem. If not for Democrats leading this conversation and refusing to let it go away, I don’t believe any action would have been taken at all.

“I’m disappointed that the legislature and its supermajority of Republicans have failed to pass meaningful legislation on an issue we generally agree on. This year, the legislature has the opportunity to come together to ensure that foreign entities aren’t able to buy out local Missourians and the beautiful farmland across our state. I’ll work with anybody on either side of the aisle to help us right the mistake made in 2013.”


Watch Your Mailboxes - Spring PULSATOR!


LOTS of updates from the MU Team

Click here to view newsletter

Items featured in Newsletter
1. Judging Team Sponsorships
2. Whole milk for Schools
3. Feedstuff Finder.
4. Dairy Science Digest
5. Foremost Dairy Update
6. Hoards Intel

For more information or to register for the event contact
Specialist: Reagan Bluel 417-772-4231 or reagan@modairy.org

Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team Finished 2nd Overall

Missouri Dairy Judging Team
Places 2nd in Nation - Headed to Europe

For the first time in history, Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging was the high team in oral reasons at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held October 1 in Madison, Wisconsin at World Dairy Expo. The team had its best finish since 1920 according to Karla Deaver. The team consisting of Logan Archer, Molly Archer, Case Melzer and Libby Shaver finished second overall in a field of 20 teams, qualifying them for international competition. This summer, the team will travel to Scotland, Ireland, and England to compete with other winning teams and to learn about agriculture and the dairy industry in another part of the world. “Earning a trip to Europe is really quite special. Having the opportunity to travel and compete internationally will be one of many reasons this judging team experience will be memorable for our team.” The team is currently raising money to participate in the international dairy youth tour in the summer for 2024.

Tax Deductible gifts accepted here:

To make a cash donation contact: Karla Deaver: 417-466-3102

Women In Dairy
March 13

Mark your calendar

Replacement Heifer Management

I am hopeful you’ll join us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 13Mar from 11:30-2 to learn from local calf expert Dr. Max Thornsberry, DVM at the Laclede Co. Extension office; 186-D N. Adams Ave., Lebanon, MO 65536.

Dr. Thornsberry is locally renowned for his extensive knowledge on calf development protocols. He authored the “Calf Protocol – 9th Edition” textbook - a go to resource for dairy producers. One free copy of this 200+ page textbook / dairy is available for those who RSVP before 3/11. In addition to his presentation, we’ve set aside time to answer specific questions you may have from your operation. This will be an informative event we hope you won’t miss! Please RSVP at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/women-in-dairy-calf-management-featuring-dr-thornsberry We’ll start with lunch at 11:30 followed by the educational program.

I sure hope you’ll all be able to join us for this informative and FUN event!

Reagan Bluel 417-847-3161 (call/text), BluelRJ@missouri.edu


Dairy Margin Program

2024 Enrollment open from Feb 28 - April 29, 2024

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2024– Starting next Wednesday, dairy producers will be able to enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC), an important safety net program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides producers with price support to help offset milk and feed price differences. This year’s DMC signup begins Feb. 28, 2024, and ends April 29, 2024. For those who sign up for 2024 DMC coverage, payments may begin as soon as March 4, 2024, for any payments that triggered in January 2024.

The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2024 is April 29, 2024

See the full USDA announcement

USDA Dairy Margin Coverage Program - 2023
Rates for 2024:
- January Rate: 8.48. Payment if buying $9.50 Insurance = $1.02 per cwt



February 20 2024 Spring Forage Conference, Oasis, Springfield

March 15 MHA Dues PAYABLE

March 18 Southern National Entry Deadline
Click here for entry information

April 1 Junior Dick Little Essay Contest Deadline

April 8-14 Southern National Holstein & Jersey Show, Stillwater, OK

April 15 MHA Dues LATE and require additional $10/adult late fee

April 15 Award Applications due - National Dairy Shrine
Click here for Scholarship Applications

May Classification for Missouri

May 1 Cow Camp Entry Deadline - 1st come 1st serve

May 15 All-Breeds Heifer Show Entries Due

May 20 Summer Pulsator Deadline
May 22-24 4-H Dairy Cow Camp, Freistatt
May 24 Missouri Heifer Tag Sale
Tri-Tip meal @ 7pm. Tickets $12/person
May 25 All-Breeds Heifer Show

June 1 MHA Membership dues received after June 1 are not eligible for Association Sponsored Awards.
June 24 - 27 National Holstein Convention, Salt Lake City, UT

Scholarship Listings http://www.hoards.com/youth/collegescholarships

Dairy Shrine Scholarships http://www.dairyshrine.org

FFA Scholarships http://www.ffa.org

Groves-View Dairy http://www.grovesviewdairy.com

Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors: http://www.modairyhallofhonors.com/

Missouri Dairy: http://www.modairy.org

Dairy Agenda Today: http://www.dairyagendatoday.com

Farms.com Classifieds-Post and search for everything farm related: livestock, feed and used equipment http://www.farms.com/classifieds

MU Extension Monthly Newsletter

We would like to link our Missouri Holstein Members that have a webpage of their own to the Missouri Holstein Page. Would you like to have your page linked up with ours? Contact Jodi Wright through the feedback form and I'll explain how it will work. We'd love to have everyone listed. There is no cost to you for this service.


Scott Wilson

Vice President
John Schoen

Jodi Wright
11449 Lawrence 2220
Verona, MO 65769

Director at Large
Shannon Kleiboeker


Pulsator Editor
Shannon Kleiboeker
17077 Lawrence 1030
Wentworth, MO 64873

Mid-States Editor
Kate Geppert
4728 Co Rd 240
Kingdom City, MO 65262


National Director
Dwight Rokey
2021 F Road
Sabetha, Kansas 66534

Holstein Field Representative
Jason Ewing


If you would like more information on the following:

  • Cattle Available to Sell
  • Cattle Wanted to Buy
  • Consign cattle to State Sale
  • Request catalog for State Sale
  • Advertising in Mid-States Publication
  • Subscribing to Mid-States Publication
  • Senior Membership
  • Junior Membership
  • Show Entry forms
  • Information on Missouri Sho-Me Futurity
  • Want to advertise on Breeders Page on our website
  • Would like to link farm to Missouri Website
  • Other

Please email your request for information to the following email. Include the items you are interested in, your name, address, phone, and email.  jwright@missouriholstein.com


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